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World Cup 2014

 

Brazil 1 Germany 7: Match highlights, key battle and what the result means

Published on Jul 9, 2014 6:43 AM
 
Brazil captain David Luiz in tears after his side were humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-final. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Samba football is well and truly dead and buried on an extraordinary World Cup night in Belo Horizonte when hosts Brazil were utterly humiliated by Germany in a 7-1 semi-final thrashing.

It was the biggest loss in the Selecao's illustrious history and without a doubt, this nightmare will be burned into the memory of any Brazilian who had witnessed the massacre.

Match highlights

- Germany raced to an early lead when David Luiz left Thomas Mueller unmarked to volley home Toni Kroos' 11th minute corner.

- Miroslav Klose slots home at the second attempt in the 23rd min to bag the all-time scoring record at the World Cup finals. He now has 16, one more than retired Brazil legend Ronaldo.

- Kroos then scored twice in two mins (24th and 26th) as the Selecao totally collapsed in defence with Luiz totally inept in marshalling the defence in Thiago Silva's absence.

- It was 5-0 by the 29th min when defensive midfielder Sami Khedira side-foots home with the Brazil defence in a total mess.

- Even though the hosts tried to fight back early in the second period, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was in top form. This inevitably led to substitute Andre Schuerrle, who injected pace into the side, to score two breakaway goals in the 69th and 79th mins.

- Oscar finally notched a consolation in the final minute when he cut in from the left before drilling past Neuer. But the damage was already done in the first 29 mins.

Key battle

David Luiz vs David Luiz

It was meant to be his finest hour in Brazil's canary yellow shirt. After his piledriver free-kick against Colombia in the quarter-finals, Luiz took over the armband for the semis after Silva's suspension.

The centre-back needed to marshal the defence, rally his team and perform heroics against Germany but what we saw was a display that reeked of poor tactical discipline.

Luiz left Mueller all alone when the opener went in. It was a shocking piece of defending in a set-piece situation when it demanded man-to-man marking.

He was also nowhere to be seen when Klose, Kroos, Khedira and Schuerrle scored their goals.

Instead of providing the leadership that Brazil desperately needed, Luiz abandoned ship, running off to play his own game and even appearing on the left wing for a moment.

And he peppered his display with lots of niggly fouls and was engaged in a running battle with Mueller that nearly escalated into a fight.

In the end, Germany didn't even need to take on Luiz. The Brazilian took himself on and defeated himself.

Man of the Match

He is a junior member of the side, the lesser light in a three-man world-class midfield of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Khedira but Kroos did more than most to destroy Brazil.

Apart from demonstrating his finishing skills with a brace of goals, the Bayern Munich man played 71 passes with an accuracy of 93 per cent. More importantly, 25 of those passes were inside Brazilian territory and he registered an outstanding accuracy of 96 per cent, with one of those passes leading to Khedira's goal.

Even with constant harassment and fouling, Brazil struggled to dispossess the 24-year-old, who simply tore the Selecao to pieces and taught the hosts a real lesson in football.

What the result means

For Germany, they steamroll into the final at Maracana Stadium bursting with confidence after such a one-sided victory.

Joachim Loew's team are assured that all three departments - Defence, midfield and attack, are functioning extremely well and they will not fear their next opponent, be it Argentina or the Netherlands.

As for Brazil, this hammering has definitely eclipsed Maracanazo, the ghost of 1950 when they lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the final game as hosts.

Samba football is part of the country's DNA but the Class of 2014 prefers to play the role of the school bully, kicking their way throughout the tournament.

Against a technical and tactical team like Germany, the Selecao were brutally exposed as the European side almost scored at will, passed in neat triangles and ran circles around the hosts.

The mental scars will live long. Brazil mourned for 64 years about that 1950 disaster. The trauma of Belo Horizonte will surely last longer.

RIP samba football.

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